Graham Norton convinced that Phillip Schofield has ‘secret boyfriend’ hidden away
Chat show host Graham Norton says that he’s convinced Phillip Schofield has a “secret boyfriend squirrelled away somewhere” 10 months after he came out as gay
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Graham Norton reckons Phillip Schofield has a “secret boyfriend” stashed away somewhere.
The This Morning presenter, 58, came out as gay 10 months ago and recently moved out of the home he shared with his wife Stephanie Lowe and their daughters Molly and Ruby.
After he moved into his new bachelor pad, chat show host Graham has shared his thoughts on Phillip’s relationship status.
The 57-year-old said on Chris Evans’ Virgin Radio How To Wow podcast: “I imagine Pip has some secret boyfriend squirrelled away somewhere. I’m sure he has. I don’t know Pip. I don’t know why I’m calling him Pip.
“I remember what it was like keeping that secret when I was a kid. To keep that secret for presumably 30, 40 years, what that does to you. It’s so strange.”
Phillip has explained that he wasn’t living in the closet for years and that he only recently realised that he was gay.
He said he would not have married Stephanie all those years ago if he knew then what he knows now.
But Graham thinks Phillip decided to come out because “people needed to know”.
Speaking of his own experience with coming out, Graham added: “There are no rules in this thing.
“When I didn’t know, I didn’t know, because I didn’t know what it was. I wasn’t aware of sexuality or the spectrum of sexuality, I didn’t understand you could be attracted to different people.
“But I guess as you get older you’ve got more of a vocabulary for all of that stuff so you should be able to name things. But there are no rules.
“There is no right time to come out. I think people talk about coming out as a very simplistic thing. I’ve come out now. And you don’t. You constantly have to come out.”
He went on: “I’m kind of as gay as famous as you can get and even now I’ll be in the back of a cab and the cab driver will make a comment about the first sunny day and the women wearing flimsy dresses or short skirts or low tops or something.
“And as a gay man in the back of the taxi you have to make a decision – will I come out to this man or will I nod and smile and hope the conversation changes.
“You have to constantly make that decision, do I come out to my postman? Does he need to know?
“It’s on a need to know basis. And I guess Phillip Schofield got to a point where he felt that people needed to know.”